Using HTMLService with Google Apps Script

The Text Browser uses the URLFetchApp service of Google Apps Script to fetch web pages and the HtmlService to render this content on the user’s screen.

Here’s the full source that powers the Text Browser sans the CSS styling.


// Code.js
function doGet() {
  var html = HtmlService.createTemplateFromFile('textbrowser').evaluate();
  html.setTitle('Text Browser - Digital Inspiration');
  return html;

function getHTML(url) {
  try {
    var response = UrlFetchApp.fetch(url);
  } catch (e) {
    return (
      "Sorry but Google couldn't fetch the requested web page. " +
      'Please try another URL!<br />' +
      '<small>' +
      e.toString() +
  return response.getContentText();


// TextBrowser.html
    <script src=""></script>

    <div id="wrap">
      <div class="container">
        <div class="page-header">
          <h2 class="title">The Text Browser</h2>

          <small>Enter a URL below and hit the Go! button.</small>
          <div class="input-append">
            <input id="URL" type="text" />
            <button type="button" onclick="loadURL();" id="go">Go!</button>
        <div class="loading"></div>
        <div class="webpage"></div>

      $('#URL').keyup(function (e) {
        if (e.keyCode == 13) {

      function onSuccess(html) {


        $('div.webpage a').bind('click', function () {
          var value = $(this).attr('href');
          return false;

        $('div.webpage img').remove();
        $('div.webpage iframe').remove();
        $('div.webpage form').remove();

      function loadURL() {
        var url = $('#URL').val();
        if (url.length >= 4) {
Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal

Google Developer Expert, Google Cloud Champion

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.

Amit has developed several popular Google add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory


Awards & Titles

Digital Inspiration has won several awards since it's launch in 2004.

Google Developer Expert

Google Developer Expert

Google awarded us the Google Developer Expert award recogizing our work in Google Workspace.

ProductHunt Golden Kitty

ProductHunt Golden Kitty

Our Gmail tool won the Lifehack of the Year award at ProductHunt Golden Kitty Awards in 2017.

Microsoft MVP Alumni

Microsoft MVP Alumni

Microsoft awarded us the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title for 5 years in a row.

Google Cloud Champion

Google Cloud Champion

Google awarded us the Champion Innovator title recognizing our technical skill and expertise.

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